Happy Birthday to Writer William Hazlitt (1778)

33 Tiny Little Thoughts of William Hazlitt (1778-1830)

  1. Zeal will do more than knowledge.
  2. We are not hypocrites in our sleep.
  3. No young man believes he shall ever die.
  4. As is our confidence, so is our capacity.
  5. We can scarcely hate any one that we know.
  6. The public have neither shame or gratitude.
  7. Grace in women has more effect than beauty.
  8. No really great man ever thought himself so.
  9. Genius, like humanity, rusts for want of use.
  10. Wit is the salt of conversation, not the food.
  11. Wit is, in fact, the eloquence of indifference.
  12. Great deeds are usually wrought at great risks.
  13. Those who can command themselves, command others.
  14. We are all of us more or less the slaves of opinion.
  15. Death is the greatest evil, because it cuts off hope.
  16. Great thoughts reduced to practice become great acts.
  17. The most learned are often the most narrow-minded men.
  18. Some one is generally sure to be the sufferer by a joke.
  19. To give a reason for anything is to breed a doubt of it…
  20. All that is worth remembering in life, is the poetry of it.
  21. Some persons make promises for the pleasure of breaking them.
  22. He talked on for ever; and you wished him to talk on for ever.
  23. He will never have true friends who is afraid of making enemies.
  24. The player envies only the player, the poet envies only the poet.
  25. The perfect joys of heaven do not satisfy the cravings of nature.
  26. A nickname is the heaviest stone that the devil can throw at a man.
  27. The art of life is to know how to enjoy a little and to endure much.
  28. Satirists gain the applause of others through fear, not through love.
  29. If you think you can win, you can win. Faith is necessary to victory.
  30. There are names written in her immortal scroll, at which FAME blushes!
  31. But there is an unseemly exposure of the mind, as well as of the body.
  32. Books let us into their souls and lay open to us the secrets of our own.
  33. If mankind had wished for what is right, they might have had it long ago.
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